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Power play: the 2012 Summer movies preview

Action is the name of the game this summer, and it’s not just men in tights.

Remember last year when it seemed as though “Bridesmaids” would herald some exciting new era in which women would have a bigger stake in the summer? Oh well. It’s back to the usual assortment of capes, cars, and codpieces — back, in other words, to action.

At least, though, the vision has expanded enough to let more women in on it. “The Dark Knight” has Catwoman. Ridley Scott’s return to scary outer space (“Prometheus”) has Noomi Rapace and Charlize Theron. “Battleship” has, um, Rihanna. “Brave” is the first Pixar fantasia imagined entirely around a female protagonist, and, in “Hope Springs,” Meryl Streep is seeing Dr. Steve Carell to work on her marriage to Tommy Lee Jones.

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